This Christmas, we at The OWN have a special invitation for you.  It’s not fancy, it won’t cost anything, and there’s no rsvp to respond with. 



Our invitation is that you take a little time to remind yourself and those around you that you and they are loved.



The astoundingly intelligent Fred Rogers (the Mr. Rogers) once said “I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now; appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”  We think that’s true, and worth repeating.

For some of us, it might be easier to give this advice away rather than receive it ourselves.  It’s hard to be looked straight in the eye and told “you’re doing a good job”, or “you matter to me”, or sometimes even “I care for you”.  If you’re one of those people, know this: you’re doing a good job, you matter, and you’re cared for.

The holidays can be a time of great joy, and also a time of deep sadness.  Many times it’s everything in between.  This Christmas, please take time to reflect on the many ways you matter- how loved you are and what things you can and should be proud of.  Let yourself count your blessings, but also let yourself realize that you yourself are a blessing, too.  We know from all the things- the items- that one can give and receive this time of year, the best will always be love.  Let yourself soak that in this holiday season, and have a Merry Christmas.

With love,

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AuthorSamantha Schmeltzer